It’s been a couple of months since I announced my intentions to become ambidextrous. As you know, I am a living weapon, and a living weapon with only one coordinated limb is like a jousting lance with a pillow full of marshmallows on the end. So I decided that I wanted to be more skilled with my non-dominant hand. Ambidexterity, as it turns out, is not as simple as I wanted it to be.
How to be ambidextrous?
The first order of business was just to start doing as many things with my left hand as I could. This proved to be way more challenging than I had anticipated. How are you supposed to punch out a hobo with rabies with your non-dominant arm?
I thought I would adapt quicker than I have, is what I mean. Ambidexterity is about rewiring parts of your brain and practice. As the neurology adapts and skills increase, it gets easier. But the rate of success so far is much slower than I had guessed at. Who would have though that two months of practice couldn’t completely unto 33 years of right-handedness?
But let’s talk application.
Tasks I am doing to help with ambidexterity
Here are some of the things I started doing left-handed:
- holding my fork with my left hand
- writing whenever possible (doodles in meetings)
- opening doors
- knife fighting
- punching out rabid hobos (only the rabid ones, homelessness is not a crime)
- using my car and house keys
- conducting symphonies
- firing bazookas
- turning the pages of books
I think that’s about it. I’ve no doubt that as the ambidextrous experiment progresses that everything will start to feel more natural. But if not, I am content for the meantime to be operating at only 78% of my death-dealing capacity.
Now, some of you said you were going to be working on your non-dominant hand skills as well. How has it gone?